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Eero Erkkilä (Tenor, Choral Conductor, Organ, Composer)

Born: January 20, 1941 - Lohtaja, Finland

The Finnish tenor, choral conductor, organist and composer, Eero Emil Erkkilä, studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, receiving his diplomas as cantor and organist in 1962; and continued his studies at the Conservatory of Music Department, receiving singer and organist diplomas in 1966. He also studied choral conducting and composition, and made study trips to Italy 1970, Sweden in 1974 and England in 1975, 1978 and 1983.

Eero Erkkilä served as organist at Töölö Church in Helsinki from 1962 to 1967, and was regular guest soloist at the Finnish National Opera from 1964 to 1968 and from 1970 to 1987. In 1968-1970 he was soloist at the National Opera and choir director from 1975 to 1987. He was Music Director of the Keski-Pohjanmaan (Central Ostrobothnia) in 1967-1969, and the Helsinki Cathedral parish cantor from 1970 to 1987. He taught singing at the Sibelius Academy from 1968 to 1975 and at the Theatre Academy from 1968 to 1970.

Eero Erkkilä has appeared in concerts as a singer and organist since 1966. He has also directed several choirs, including the Keski-Pohjanmaan maakuntakuoro (The Provincial Choir of Central Ostrobothnia) (1966-1971), the Polyteknikkojen Kuoro (The Polytechnic Choir) (1969-1971), the Helsingin katedraaliKUORO (Helsinki Cathedral Choir) (1973-1987), and Chorus Ecclesiae Finlandiae choir (1981-1982). He founded the Vexilla Regis Church Music Festival at Lohtaja and was its Artistic Director from 1979 to 1987. He was awarded the titles director cantus (1971), director musices (1977), and musiikkineuvos (1992).

Compositions

All Erkkiläís compositions are sacred works:
Conrecato illi sanctus eius (motet)
De profundis (organ)
Expectamus... (sacred concerto series)
In memoriam (organ)
Isä meidän (motet)
Jesaja 53 passio (motet)
Kalastaja (opera)
Kauneuden ylistys (song cycle)
Kultainen virta (song cycle)
Laudes (mass)
Lohtajan triptyykki (mass)
Mater Dolorosa (motet)
Massmusiikki (mass)
Minulta Sinulle (song cycle)
Neljä laulua elämästä (song cycle)
On läsnä armon Jumala (chorale prelude)
Requiem chorale a cappella (mass)
Salvator (opera-oratorio)
Tamburo militaro (cantata)
Täältä vettä juurilleni (mass-motet)
Uusi laulu! (triple interactions hymn ballet)
Vesper (mass)
Vexilla regis (mass)
Via crucis (organ)
Vigilia (mass)
Pienen iltarukous (Evening Song)

The Helsinki Cathedral Choir rehearsing with Eero Erkkilä in the crypt of the Cathedral (mid 1970ís) [01]

Eero Erkkilä in the 1980ís (photo by Kari Hakli) [02]

 

Source: Finnish Wikipedia Website (from Kuka kukin on 2007, Otava 2006), English translation by Aryeh Oron (November 2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2010)

Eero Erkkilä: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works

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BWV 244 [sung in Finnish]

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Eero Erkkilä (Meteli.net) [Finnish]
Eero Erkkilä (Klassinen) [Finnish]

Eero Erkkilä (Wikipedia) [Finnish]

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